Salvador Airport is the first in the country to implement a solar power plant

Salvador Airport is the first in the country to implement a solar power plant

With an investment of around R $ 16 million, the facility is in line with VINCI Airports’ environmental commitments and will bring savings in electricity consumption.


Salvador Bahia Airport, a member of the VINCI Airports network, has just started installing a solar plant at the threshold of the airport runway. The initiative is pioneer and Salvador Bahia Airport becomes the first in the country to have a solar plant supplying the Terminal. 


After being fully operational, the solar plant will supply more than 30% of the Terminal's current consumption - this represents the equivalent of what is needed to supply 3,800 popular homes. The plant will further reduce the airport's carbon footprint by 30%, which is equivalent to 690 tonnes per year. “We have a solid commitment to sustainable development that guides all our actions. Investing in new technologies, improving our processes and engaging our employees towards sustainability are pillars that are part of VINCI Airports’ commitment, says Salvador Bahia Airport's Environment Manager, Rodrigo Tavares.


Airport Mechanical, Eletrical, Plumbing Coordinator Frederico Mascarenhas explains that the installed solar panels have a technology that reduces reflection, which avoids any interference with aircraft, and can also withstand strong winds. “The works are in full swing and the plant will start operating in the second half of February,” he says.  


The use of solar energy at Salvador Bahia Airport is part of its commitment to sustainability, in line with Air Pact, the VINCI Airports network's global environmental strategy, and represents an opportunity for the terminal's energy consumption to be saved. Other airports in the group, such as Nuevo Pudahuel, in Santiago, Chile, already capture solar energy and apply it on a daily basis.


The construction of the solar plant also meets one of the Millennium Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations global agenda for a better world of 2030. The goal is to expand access to clean and sustainable energy.


Green Airport – Sustainability efforts made by VINCI Airports in the capital of Bahia have gained prominence in both the national and international scenario. During the last meeting of the International Council of Airports - Latin America and the Caribbean, Salvador Bahia Airport was recognized as a "green airport" by the institution, in addition to receiving the carbon accreditation certificate.


In January 2019, Salvador Bahia Airport was the first of the North / Northeast regions and the second in Brazil to obtain Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) certification, granted by the Airport Council International (ACI) level 1, which evaluates and recognizes the greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts by airports. The next steps are to obtain certification level 2 and recycle 100% of the waste generated. 


In order to neutralize its carbon emissions and contribute to the planet's sustainability, Salvador Bahia Airport has made a number of structural improvements and taken several measures such as: establishing an environmental policy, adopting the concept of Circular Economy, building a Effluent Treatment (ETE), a Waste Plant and a water reuse system, implement a wildlife management program and replace various equipment with more modern and more efficient equipment. 


Key figures
R $ 16 million investment
11 thousand solar panels
30 thousand m² of area
4,215 KWp of installed power 
Annual production of 6,300,000 KWh.
Monthly production of 550,000 Kwh of energy.


About Salvador Bahia Airport


Located in Salvador, capital of the State of Bahia and Brazil’s first historic capital, Salvador Bahia airport is part of the VINCI Airports’ network since January 2nd, 2018, through a 30-year Concession Agreement. Among the ten busiest airports in the country, it connects the state of Bahia to about 30 destinations, both domestic and international.


Since the beginning of the concession, the airport has been incorporating global operating standards, seeking to deliver greater efficiency, safety and an enhanced travel experience to its passengers. Intense investments in an expansion and modernization program have led to the extension of the built area to 22,000m², the addition of six new boarding bridges, the opening of the commercial aviation runway and the installation of a fire detection and firefighting system. In addition, the airport has committed to support the state's economic development through traffic development and tourism stimulation initiatives.


Recognized as a green airport by the Airports Council International, Salvador Bahia airport stands out for its sustainability achievements among which the disposal of zero effluents, energy efficiency measures and the implementation of an effective solid waste recycling program, in line with VINCI Airports’ commitment to carbon footprint reduction. The airport also seeks to value and promote the social and cultural specificities of Bahia, one of its greatest assets.


About VINCI Airports


VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 46 airports located in France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 240 million passengers in 2018.


Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2018, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.6 billion, for consolidated revenue of €1.6 billion. More comprehensive information is available on www.vinci-airports.com.